ARCA Qualifying Called Off
May 14, 2011 | 4:10 P.M. EST
"It always is nice starting up front, but I'd like to know more of the track." (Photo: ARCA)
Milka Duno will start first in tomorrow's Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care after today's Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell was canceled following a schedule change at Toledo Speedway.
Rain in the Toledo area Saturday morning extended the allotted practice time for ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams to 105 total minutes, but eliminated the qualifying session.
Procedure inside the first four races of a season calls for the field to be set by the final car owner standings from the previous year. Duno's car owner, Patrick Sheltra, won the 2010 driver and owner championships and transferred those points to Duno's No. 63 Dodge for the 2011 season.
"It always is nice starting up front, but I'd like to know more of the track," Duno said after the first practice today. "I'm still learning the track today. It's my first time here, and in the practice it was really, really difficult. It was tough. It's good that we get some extra practice, but it's tough when it's your first time on the track."
Scott Bross, of nearby Temperance, Mich., will start second in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. The No. 77 car finished third in owner points last year with driver Tom Hessert; last year's second-place entry, the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 81, is not entered at Toledo this weekend. Bross's start will be his ARCA Racing Series debut. Last week, he raced at Toledo in ARCA's weekly Sportsman class.
Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Kimmel Racing Ford) will start third, and Kenzie Ruston - also making her ARCA debut - will start the race fourth in Venturini Motorsports' No. 25 Toyota. Ruston led the opening practice at Toledo Speedway this afternoon.
"I'm really excited," she said. "I wish we could qualify because I think we could put it on the front row. Starting fourth is excellent in your first ARCA race. I'm just excited to start up front and stay up front."
Matt Merrell will start fifth, and Dakoda Armstrong will start sixth. John Stancill, who like Ruston will make his ARCA debut for Venturini Motorsports, will start seventh, ahead of Tim George Jr., Bryan Silas, and Grant Enfinger.
Chris Buescher will start 20th. Last season, Buescher won both races at Toledo Speedway, taking the May event from the pole and winning from the 23rd position in September, when qualifying was also cancelled because of inclement weather.
Points leader Ty Dillon and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton - making a special ARCA appearance for Kimmel Racing this weekend - will start together on the 12th row, 23rd and 24th, respectively.